Southeastern Certified Flight Instructor Renews Master CFI Accreditation
Master Instructors LLC takes great pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of Kyle Thomas, the Southeastern Oklahoma State University chief flight instructor and resident of Durant, Okla. Recently, Kyle was accredited as a Master CFI (Certificated Flight Instructor) by Master Instructors LLC, the international accrediting authority for the Master Instructor designation as well as the FAA-approved "Master Instructor Program." He first earned this national professional accreditation in 2006, has held it continuously since then, and is one of only 25 worldwide to earn the credential five times.
To help put these achievements in their proper perspective, there are approximately 98,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 800 of them have achieved that distinction thus far. The last 19 National Flight Instructors of the Year or National FAASTeam Representatives of the Year were Master CFIs (see: http://www.GeneralAviationAwards.org/) while Kyle is one of only 12 Oklahoma aviation educators who has earned this prestigious "Master" title.
In the words of former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, "The Master Instructor accreditation singles out the best that the right seat has to offer."
The Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation recognized by the FAA. Candidates must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth and service to the aviation community, and must pass a rigorous evaluation by a peer Board of Review. The process parallels the continuing education regimen used by other professionals to enhance their knowledge base while increasing their professionalism. Designees are recognized as outstanding aviation educators for not only their excellence in teaching but for their engagement in the continuous process of learning -- both their own and their students. The designation must be renewed biennially and significantly surpasses the FAA requirements for renewal of the candidate's flight instructor certificate.
Kyle Thomas, professor and certified flight instructor with Southeastern Oklahoma State University's Aviation Institute, recently renewed his Master CFI Accreditation. He is one of just 25 CFIs worldwide who have earned the credential five times.